Researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom reported that chamomile may prevent the complications of diabetes, which includes loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney damage.
Atsuchi Kato and his colleagues published their research in the September 10th issue of the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and their findings are expected to contribute to the development of a new chamomile based drug for type 2 diabetes.
To determine the impact of chamomile, researchers fed chamomile extract to a group of diabetic rats for 21 days and compared the results to a group of control animals on a normal diet. The chamomile-supplemented animals showed a significant decrease in blood glucose levels compared with the controls, they say. The extract also showed significant inhibition of both ALR2 enzymes and sorbitol, whose elevated levels are associated with increased diabetic complications, the scientists say.The disease is at epidemic levels in the UK and has a far reaching global presence.